A Letter to My Son 

Dear Rhett,

While there may be times I leave you playing so I can finish my last sip of hot coffee, know that I am always here for you. When I sneak into your room to greet you, your eyes light up when they meet mine.. along with the biggest smile.  You flap your arms up and down and laugh as if you’ve just seen your first bite of food (you do the same thing then).  I swoop you up from your crib and you give me the best morning cuddles.  See, you didn’t mind that I took the extra few minutes for myself.. you surely are the happiest.  Always know my arms will forever be here to hug you & my smile ready to match yours.

You are my first baby; a tiny little human boy.  It’s inevitable that I will raise you different than I would a future sister of yours;  there are some things boys need to know that girls should never have to worry abo
ut–because her papa or her brother or her husband will always take care of it for her. Like when to get an oil change.  But that’s a little thing.  Today, I want to tell you the big things.  Things you’ll hopefully learn through my guidance that will help you navigate through life as you become a man.  Always know that I’ll be here for you; when you ask, and especially when you don’t.

You can trust me with your deepest secrets.
Nothing you do could ever make me stop loving you.
Don’t ever be the bully.
No one likes a know-it-all.

Being trustworthy will get you far.
Do what is right, even when it’s hard to–especially then.
Forgive even if they never apologize.
Judge a person by their heart, not how they look.
Not everyone is kind & genuine–be so anyway.

How a man dresses & takes care of himself says a lot about him.
Pretending to be strong is exhausting.  Don’t do that. If you need to cry, cry. Don’t be threatened by a strong woman, FIND ONE.
Hard work will grant you any opportunity you desire.
Fall ten times, get up 11.
Their success is not your failure.

Treat a woman like you’ll never be satisfied loving her.
Don’t expect housework from your wife; help without being asked.
Be your kids’ best friend, but be your wife’s first.
Money can’t substitute happiness, so find a way to provide by doing something you enjoy.
Travel often to see the world & try new things– not to escape reality.
You can be anyone you choose to be; even if it’s not the man you were yesterday.

You are, and always will be, my sweet little love, the light of my life, & my whole world.



NYE Plans


…unless you’d rather be off to club bed featuring DJ pillow and mcblankie like me!

After a week of non-stop action, we are looking forward to a few nights of no commitments. That being said, we can’t just stare at each other for 3 days, so we’ll likely put away the Christmas decorations and take our tree to the local recycling drop off. As for NYE, we will be watching the live events from home.. what better way to ring in the New Year than with a bottle of wine, a game of cards, & some good music?!  Here’s some inspiration for your countdown from the couch!


pjs|socks|sonos|number banner|straws

Since my mom moved to Nashville, Danny and I have made a habit of staying in for New Years. After many years of going to a big party, it’s a nice change of pace. I really enjoy spending the evening with my main man.. Ahem *men* this year! I’ll be saving this DIY disco ball pinata for next year & those numbers would be a perfect banner to hang. Plus, you’d only have to switch out one number for the next few years!

Here’s to a wonderful start to 2016!



  I’ve been thinking a lot about the new year and how I can make 2016 a happier, more productive and less stressful year. Not that this year was all that stressful for me, but adding a child to the mix hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies.


My biggest resolution is to find happiness in everyday things.  I think having a toddler around will help with that, but I’d like to find peace with myself & know that we don’t have to DO something to have a enjoyable day. And in order to keep some ounce of sanity, I need to do one load of laundry per day.  Having a few loads to do by the end of the week is daunting and it never ends up completely finished..so if I just stick to doing 1 small load each day, I’ll keep up with it and that’ll save the weekends for doing the towels or sheets.  Wearing “grown up” pajamas really just means something other than sweatpants and a tee.  I find that on the days I actually wear pajamas, I feel more ready to tackle the day and be productive. And finally, I’d like to do more hand lettering in my spare time.  I find it to be very relaxing and something that’s just for my own pleasure.  Not to make money from, not to do for other people, just to sit down and be alone with myself doing something I enjoy.


I think we’ll also put together a wish jar on NYE.. It’s just a jar where Danny and I will each write down 6 things we’d like to do in the coming year and on the first of each month we’ll draw from the jar and do it! We’ll have the entire month to execute, just in case it takes some time to plan.  I think it’ll be fun and push us to cross off some things from our bucket list! :)

What are your resolutions? I’d love to hear!